Reviewer: Connie Payne
Title: Adopting Alyssa
Author: Denise Patrick
Publisher: By Grace Publishing
Release Date: 2006
Genre/Sub-genre: Contemporary Inspirational
Year/Setting: Present day - Utah
Overall Rating: 4.25
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None
Denise's Website: denisesden.blogspot.com
Kelly Moore hasnít had an easy life. Her mother left her when she was ten to be raised by great Aunt Elsa, and she had a life altering experience in college.
Now, however, Kelly desperately wants to have a baby. Of her own and for reasons of her own. So when her husband, a doctor, wants to adopt a hospitalized 4-year-old little girl, orphaned by an accident, it puts a strain on their marriage.
Fairly new to having faith and turning to the Lord, Kelly tries her best to "listen" to and "feel" His promptings. Ultimately those promptings steer her toward the adorable little girl. Alyssa.
Alyssa isnít wanted by family. She doesnít "fit in" because sheís bi-racial. Sheís also been adopted once before in her short life. Itís because of this that Kelly agrees, albeit a bit hesitantly, as sheís unsure of her ability to completely love this child, to bring her into their lives, their home.
But thereís more to it than feeling sorry for Alyssa or being drawn to her sweetness. Thereís a connection, though what it is, Kelly canít figure out. Until Godís plan comes full circle.
Before His plan can come to fruition, however, the painful time in Kellyís past dredges its ugly head. Will these secrets destroy her present? Her future?
I didnít really know what to expect when reading Ms. Patrickís work. But what I found was a wide range of emotions all tumbled together, if only briefly, in one small book. Thereís jealousy, hurt, confusion, love, wonder, and despair. With faith being the crux of it, and itís a fairly new concept and a struggle for Kelly to rely on. All of which captureís the readerís attention.
Adopting Alyssa is a well written inspirational. Itís a light, yet touching story. One that warms. While not being overly preachy, it does make you stop and think, and reminds one to "listen".
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